Following the 2007-2008 season, when Chelsea took the title race to the last day before finishing 2nd, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that he didn’t see how there was much room for much improvement for them.
Ron “Chopper” Harris responded by claiming Ferguson was talking out of his arse. John Terry responded by claiming it was United who had peaked, not Chelsea.
At the end of that season, United were named champions again whilst Chelsea finished 3rd.
Last summer, before the season started, Ferguson said that Liverpool would struggle to meet that season’s point total in 2009-2010, let alone beat it, with Chelsea becoming our new rivals under Ancelotti.
“Liverpool have just had probably their best season for 20 years, finished up with 86 points, and still finished four adrift,” Ferguson said. “It will be hard for them to match that, let alone improve. Other teams will read Liverpool better.”
Even if Liverpool win all of their remaining matches, they will still be 11 points short of last season’s points total.
“You can peak with a particular team and I thought it would be difficult for them to achieve that again,” Ferguson said today. “They had an exceptional season but I think they overperformed.”
The moral? Ferguson is always right.